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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Iowa


Since Iowa is primarily an agricultural state, asbestos illness and death is not as common as in more industrialized states. However, of the 460 asbestos deaths recorded between 1979 and 1999, fully 80% were attributable to mesothelioma.

Sources of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is commonly used for fire-retardant insulation. It is found in any facilities that have steam generators and is used for fire doors. Not surprisingly, most cases of asbestos disease in the state filed by a mesothelioma lawyer are among workers employed at power generation plants. These are located in and around the state's major cities, and include:

  • Alliant Power Stack
  • Duane Arnold Alliant Energy
  • Iowa Light & Power
  • Iowa Power and Light
  • Sioux City Coal and Gas
  • Storm Lake Power Plant
  • Tipton Power Plant.

“Blue” crocidolite asbestos is a form of this mineral that is particularly resistant to corrosive and caustic chemicals – and is heavily implicated in mesothelioma. Iowa is home to two major chemical manufacturers, Irwin Chemical Company and USI.

Asbestos On The Farm

Asbestos is not usually a danger in agricultural industries. However, the buildings in which farm machinery is stored and serviced frequently contain asbestos materials. In addition, asbestos-containing material are used in gaskets and brake material

Although asbestos exposure can result from the process of plowing and digging, Iowa is geologically inactive and has no natural asbestos deposits.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Iowa

The largest number of asbestos-related deaths in the 20-year period prior to the 2000 census were recorded in the Des Moines metro area. The lowest exposure rates were found in the rural counties such as Sioux, Washington, Calhoun, Crawford, Grundy, Monroe and Winneshiek. Residents in all these counties should seek medical attention at mesothelioma clinics if they believe they have been exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure in Iowa Cities

The following list identifies cities in the state of Iowa where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Iowa, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Iowa Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.


  • Allied Construction Service
  • Bettendorf Community School
  • Bettendorf High School
  • Donohoo Steel Treating Company
  • Grandwood School
  • J W Davis Company
  • J.I. Case Company
  • Riverside Generating Plant
  • S W Manufacturing Company
  • Sivyer Steel Casting Company


  • A T & T Company
  • Hawkeye Laundry Company
  • Iowa Electric Light & Power
  • Northwestern Construction Company
  • Quinn Wire & Iron Company

Cedar Falls

  • Cedar Falls Municipal Utilities
  • Cedar Falls Paper Manufacturing Company
  • Cedar Falls Utilities
  • John Neff Cedar Falls Paper Company
  • Municipal Electric Utilities
  • Municipal Light & Power Company
  • University of Northern Iowa

Council Bluffs

  • Council Bluffs Powerhouse
  • Griffin Pipe
  • Iowa Electric Light & Power Company
  • Midamerican Energy Company
  • Midwest Power
  • Power Plant
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company


  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Cargill-Eddyville Corn Milling
  • Eddyville Powerhouse
  • Iowa Southern Utilities Company


  • Board of Control State Institutions
  • Executive Council of Iowa
  • Iowa State Hospital
  • Mental Health Institute


  • General Mills Inc
  • Hubinger Company
  • Huiskamp Brothers Company
  • J.C. Hubinger and Bra
  • Keokuk Railway and Power Company
  • L.C. Harberger
  • Midwest Carbide Corp
  • Mississippi River Power Company
  • Rubber Industries Div of Dryden Rubber Company
  • Sheller Manufacturing Company
  • The Hubinger Company

Mason City

  • Allied Mills Inc
  • American Crystal Sugar
  • Armour & Company
  • Brice Gas and Electric Company
  • Decker Jacob E and Sons
  • International Minerals Corporation
  • Interstate Power Company
  • J.E. Decker & Sons
  • Jacob E. Decker & Sons
  • Kramer Produce
  • Lehigh Portland Cement Company
  • Marshall Swift & Company
  • Mason City Brick & Tile
  • Mason City Clear Lake Railway Company
  • Mechanical Department
  • North States Port Cement
  • Northern Natural Gas Company
  • Northern Sugar Corp
  • Northwestern Portland Cement
  • Northwestern States Portland Cement Company
  • Peoples Gas & Electric
  • Plumb Supply Company
  • Swift & Company


  • Maytag Company


  • Can-Tex Industries
  • Cargill
  • Iowa Power & Light
  • J. Morrell & Company
  • Jas. Stewart and Company
  • John Morrell & Company
  • Joseph Morrell and Company Ltd.
  • Ottumwa Box Car Loader Company
  • Ottumwa Brick & Tile Company
  • Ottumwa Elect and Stm Company
  • Ottumwa Electric Railway
  • Ottumwa Railway and Light Company
  • Ottumwa Tract and Light Company
  • Sister of Humility
  • Us Naval Reserve Aviation Base


  • Iowa Electric Light & Power Company
  • Oscar Mayer & Company
  • Osmundson Manufacturing Company
  • Perry Packing Company
  • Van Camp Packing Company
  • Wiese Corp


  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Davenport Works


  • George Neal Station
  • Iowa Public Service Station
  • Iron Public Service

Sergeant Bluff

  • Ag Processing Incorporated
  • Iowa Public Service Company
  • Sage Facilities
  • Terra Chemical International


  • Corn Belt Power Cooperative
  • Municipal Power Plant
  • Power Service Corp City of Spencer
  • Spencer Veneer Products
  • Wabash Power

Spirit Lake

  • Berkley & Company
  • Iowa Electric Light & Power Company


  • Tipton Power Plant


  • Carnation Company
  • Crystal Heating & Plumbing
  • Marshall Canning Company

Wolf Creek

  • Wolf Creek Generating Station

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Iowa

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Iowa. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

John Pappajohn Pavilion
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Mesothelioma Doctors in Iowa

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Iowa. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Gerald H. Clamon
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Iowa

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Iowa, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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Asbestos Related News in Iowa

Iowa Bill to Restrict Asbestos Liability Lawsuits Passes State Senate

The Iowa State Senate recently passed a bill to restrict the amount of compensation victims of asbestos exposure can receive. Read more at

Future Unknown For Grinnell Veteran's Memorial Center Post-Asbestos Removal

The fate of Grinnell Veteran's Memorial Center in Iowa is unknown after asbestos was removed and left the building in bad shape.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


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Lipsher, Steve. “Small Towns Face Crunch to Eradicate Asbestos.” The Denver Post, 26 September 2007.

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